Modern Finnish Ruins

Photo: Air raid shelter of Rettig, Turku, Finland – Tuomas Romu

Abandoned buildings, derelict factories filled with incredible old machines sitting alone in the dark halls with their power turned off for good, or nearly collapsed sawmills rotting silently away in the forest, being reclaimed by nature are the best, most authentic and interactive museums of industrial archaeology and local history.

For several years I have searched, explored and photographed these ruins of the modern world, the slow deterioration and decay of forgotten space. This site is a collection of information and photographs of such places.

These are not the scenes of the beautiful Finland I know. Each black and white photo of a ruin in Tuomas Romu’s gallery opens to a series of more exploratory photographs in colour. These gorgeous photos find beauty even in dying buildings and abandoned mines, even in their eeriness.

(Thanks to Finland for Thought for the link.)

August 31, 2006 in Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, History, Photography by Marja-Leena